After acquiring the rights to Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart, the platform’s first original Nigerian film, Netflix’s interest in the growing African movie industry became apparent.
And so, Netflix’s announcement to produce African original series across the continent came as no surprise. In fact, we can’t help but wonder how this development would impact existing streaming platforms like Linda Ikeji TV, EbonyLife On and Iroko TV. Well, Netflix is not slowing down as they have selected South African series, Queen Sono as the first-ever African original series on the platform.
Queen Sono follows the life of a powerful secret agent who has to fight crime while dealing with conflict in her personal life. The lead character .ed by Pearl Thusi (Quantico) is described as a powerful female character in the same category as Claire Underwood in Emmy-winning series, House of Cards and Jessica Jones.
— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) December 10, 2018
Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international origins announced that the platform will further invest in local African content in 2019. Speaking about the upcoming show, he said:
“Over time, our roots will get deeper in Africa and South Africa, and we’re moving pretty quickly to that now, and plan to invest more in local content. Queen Sono” was created by multi-hypenate comedian-turned-director Kagiso Lediga and is being executive produced by Tamsin Andersson”.
The series will begin production in 2019 – and this means we could be getting the show later in the year or even 2020. At any rate, we’ll be on the lookout for this series and possibly other upcoming Nigerian series.
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